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The term oral activities is used in this paper to refer essentially to communication-oriented activities such as topic discussion, information finding and gathering, and problem-solving activities, done by pairs of students or in groups rather than artificial pattern drills or typical question-answer exercises between the teacher and the students. These oral activities were very strongly recommended by the experts in the Seminar on Teaching of English for Science and Technology organized by the British Council at KMIT on March 30-April 17, 1981. Their advantages, particularly to an EST class, were mentioned and emphasized time and time again. Films taken in authentic classroom situations in England with groups of international students were shown to demonstrate the practicality of these activities. Surprisingly, no matter how strongly recommended the activities were, the participants remained skeptical about trying them with their classes.



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